Friday, March 23, 2007
As Montana’s bears emerge from their dens in the next few weeks, Montanans can get a refresher course on living with bears by visiting the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks new Be Bear Aware web pages.
"You'll learn responsible ways to feed your pets, manage your garbage, landscape the yard and carry out a host of other activities in bear country, " said Ron Aasheim, FWP Communication and Education division administrator. "All of the information is geared to preventing conflicts between bears and people."
An interactive game of 'find that bear attractant' is geared for youngsters and is a good review for adults too. Homeowners can access a self-assessment form that will help them identify bear attractants. Contact information for FWP's bear management specialists is also available so homeowners can call an expert for help with their particular situation.
Fun facts about bears, photos and a lesson on how to tell a grizzly from a black bear are also featured on these pages.
"The new Be Bear Aware web pages are a fun way to learn how to live and recreate in bear country while keeping your family and Montana's bears safe," Aasheim said.
To visit FWP's Be Bear Aware web pages, go to FWP's home page at fwp.mt.gov and click on Be Bear Aware.